This is absolutely disgusting.
Police are looking for an American dentist who spent $50,000 to kill one of Zimbabwe’s most famous lions!
Earlier this month, Cecil the lion was beheaded and skinned after Walter James Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota, paid to shoot and kill the beloved creature with a bow and arrow.
Conservation groups were outraged after learning the 13-year-old animal was murdered on July 1 in Hwange National Park — partly because Cecil was lured out of the park and shot.
Johnny Rodrigues, the head of Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force explained that Cecil seemingly enjoyed human contact, saying:
“He never bothered anybody. He was one of the most beautiful animals to look at.”
A spokesperson for Palmer said that the hunter admits he may have shot the lion, explaining:
“As far as I understand, Walter believes that he might have shot that lion that has been referred to as Cecil. What he’ll tell you is that he had the proper legal permits and he had hired several professional guides, so he’s not denying that he may be the person who shot this lion. He is a big-game hunter; he hunts the world over.”
So Disney villains DO exist IRL — who knew!?
According to reports, Cecil was lured at night about half a mile out of the national park using bait, and then shot. The next day he was found wounded by the hunters and killed, before being beheaded and skinned.
Zimbabwe police are currently searching for Palmer, whose whereabouts are unknown. According to a local reporter, his office is shut down at the moment:
We hope justice is served.
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